Yesterday's article profiled one of the four Georgia State football players named by famed football analyst Phil Steele to his football championship subdivision (1-AA) 2010 Preseason All-Independent Team. Junior inside linebacker Louie Muasau was another Panther selected by Steele.
There have been numerous profiles of Muasau and his 14 months-younger brother Jake, children of Samoan immigrants. Few have been better than an April 6, 2010, article in the Signal, GSU's campus newspaper. As noted in that article, the Muasau family moved from Tacoma, Wash. to Los Angeles, Calif., to Phoenix, Ariz. and then to little Buena Vista, Ariz., not far from the Mexican border.
According to Georgia State Sports Communications, Louie Muasau was First-team All-Southern Arizona at Sierra Vista's Buena High, as a junior in 2006. He made a whopping 117 tackles that year and was also Honorable Mention All-Arizona. But an injury ruined his 2007 senior season
According to the Signal article, big-name FBS schools were interested in Muasau then, including Arizona, but the injury hurt his chances. The 6-foot, 248-pound Muasau didn't pout and didn't quit. He moved on to Phoenix College, a two-year school, and his brother, now also a linebacker, followed.
Louie Muasau had 41 tackles in ten games in 2008 and upped that to 55 tackles and two sacks in nine games last season. According to the Signal, Louie Muasau had an offer from New Mexico State and Jake Muasau was getting some interest from Colorado. When Georgia State offered both Muasaus a scholarship, the two jumped to be together again.
When the Muasaus came to Georgia State it was time to say hello to the colorful Samoan haka dance, according to an April 3, 2010, Atlanta Journal-Constitution article. Much has also been written about the Samoan football legacy. Football is king there and is played with an unequaled passion .
If linebackers Louie and Jake Muasau bring their Samoan warrior mentality to Georgia State football games, Georgia State's defensive coordinator John Thompson will sleep well.